Diary and letters of Alice Fripp, 1886-1887

Scope and Content

Typescript, with minor manuscript amendments, by Mabel M Boase, Diary and Letters of Alice Fripp, Ukraine, 1886-7, with Photographs and Sketches.

After a brief introduction on Alice Fripp and on the family of the Count Jeddu de Federowicz, and his wife Julie, who held estates at Klebanowska, in the Lemburg region of Galicia [Poland] and for whose two children Fripp acted as governess for a year, the typescript provides extended verbatim extracts from Fripp's letters and diaries, concluding with letters from Julie de Federowicz informing George Arthur Fripp, father of Fripp, of her death [letters dated at Klebanowka, 28 and 31 August 1887], a list of her personal effects, and a letter [dated at Klebanowka, 8 September 1887] to George Fripp from her brother Edgar Fripp.

An original pencil drawing by Charles E Fripp [of Alice Fripp's bedroom at Klebanowka], with two reproductions of the same, and an original pencil drawing also by Charles Fripp [of the site of Alice's interment].

9 photographs on boards: three, by Mayall and Co of New Bond St, London, of Alice Fripp; two by Fotografia Cabinetowa of Alice Fripp in peasant costume; four photographs by A Silkiewicz of Leopold Hotel d'Europe, Lemburg of Julie de Federowicz [2]; Jeddu de Federowicz [1] and their son Sacza [1].

Administrative / Biographical History

Alice Fripp (1853-1887), daughter of George Arthur Fripp of the Royal Watercolor Society. She went to school in Dresden and then studied music in Munich. She was a talented singer and performed in London before answering an agency advertisement for a governess in Poland. She died of heart failure at the age of 34.

Jeddu de Federowicz was a Polish count and owner of a large estate at Klebanowska in Galicia, Poland.

Julie Pankratieff was the daughter of a Russian prince and a Frenchwoman.

Mabel M Boase was a friend of Alice Fripp's niece Katherine Wills, who asked Boase to transcribe and edit her aunt's letters and diaries.

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by Professor J Read FRS, 24 Nov 1960


Call number used to be ms5147

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Paper: 20.5x26cmHeld together with two brass paper fasteners.

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